HELPFUL HURRICANE HINTS
HELPFUL HURRICANE HINTS
During the hurricane season, keep these phone numbers close at hand to find out local weather warnings and evacuation details:
Baldwin County EMA Bullentin Board (251) 947-1150
Orange Beach Info Line (251) 980-4636
Dick Carson, chairman of the Emergency Management Operations Committee for Ono Island, has written up a succinct list of do’s and don’ts in the event of a hurricane. Mr. Carson directed hurricane survival and recovery efforts during and immediately after Hurricane Ivan last September. His list is based on hard-earned lessons based on that experience.
As we do each year, a list of considerations is provided for your use:
Click on "Prepare" and "Hurricane and Other Disaster Planning" at left for more information.
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Check Lists are important for completing necessary evacuation actions. When hurricane predictions indicate landfall anywhere near lower Alabama (w/in 100 to 300 miles, depending on storm’s size,evacuate no later than when the storm enters the Gulf. That may give you two days start over the thousands of visitors on Pleasure Island who wait until the last minute. Heed the lessons from the surprise FLOOD of 30 April 2014, probable flood pockets when the earth is saturated, and the probability of flooded roads.
1. Have your hurricane evacuation decal for both vehicles.
2. Keep your vehicles full of gasoline.
3. Check your “we are out of here” item listing frequently to keep it current.
4. When leaving, pump down then refill your sewer grinder with fresh water before turning it off. Duct tape the vent closed.
5. Move boats from boat houses to high ground and secure then to mobile home “tie-down” screws.
6. Turn off electricity and water to piers / boat houses.
7. Hurricane window and door shutters mitigate damage from missile hazards and horizontal rain. Sand bags can reduce the damage from wave action.
8. Evacuate early! Destinations should consider eventual land track predictions and action to avoid. Hurricanes typically curve to the north and east at landfall, indicating you should consider refuge to the west and north.
9. Homeowner return after a hurricane area is usually problematic because of unsafe conditions. These include lack services such as water / electricity / police / fire and unsafe road / bridge conditions. Baldwin County EMA is the coordinator for our area, and locally City of Orange Beach EMA. Plans for passing information notifications to homeowners will be promulgated.
10. Lastly, the animals that we seldom see will be as annoyed as you about the problem. Refuse on higher structures such as A/C compressors and porches is probable. Be careful, some are very poisonous.